Archive for Student Accomplishments

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Tina Hu, MIIS Student, Blogs on Nonproliferation Beijing Immersive Module

Almost a dozen MIIS students participated in the Nonproliferation Beijing Immersive Module over spring break 2012 lead by Professor Jinhuei Enya Dai. Dr. Dai describes the Nonproliferation Beijing Immersive Module as “an innovative advanced Chinese language immersion program that provided networking opportunities focused on nonproliferation issues and international relations. Students were committed to [speaking] Chinese and interacting with professionals, scholars and graduate students in Beijing from various institutes of international relations and professional organizations focused on nonproliferation issues. This rare opportunity offered a unique platform for MIIS young scholars to exchange professional ideas and to enhance their potential future collaborative working opportunities…”

The MIIS 2012 Beijing Delegation was invited by CACDA (China Arms Control and Disarmament Association) to conduct a week-long set of exchanges on nonproliferation issues and international relations between China and the U.S in Beijing, China. The delegation was comprised of 8 Chinese-speaking students studying nonproliferation, 1 international relations/MBA major, 2 teaching assistants and 1 instructor.

MIIS scholars who participated in the module reflected positively on the experience as a means of improving their Chinese language skills, their knowledge of Chinese perspectives on arms control issues, as well as a networking opportunity.

Tina Hu, a first year Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies student created a blog to better document the experience. To read her blog, and learn more about this immersive module from a student perspective, please visit:

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

IEP Alumna Jessica Sanders Speaks at Marine Policy Event in NYC

Experts from GEF, FAO, the Global Ocean Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), among other partners, have provided a briefing for member states and other stakeholders on the new GEF/FAO Program on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). This briefing introduced an innovative approach to Marine Policy and aimed to improve sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ.

A former Monterey Institute of International Studies student, Jessica Sanders, spoke at this conference on behalf of the Global Environment Facility.  Congratulations Jessica for being involved in such a great conference.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Catalyst Group Consulting Team’s Capstone Presentation! May 11!

You are invited to the Catalyst Group Consulting Team’s capstone presentation!

WHEN:MAY 11TH 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (REFRESHMENTS AT 8:30 AM)



Your classmates in Catalyst Group have been conducting an organizational assessment of the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP). Please join them for their culminating event as they present their methodology, experiences and findings over light refreshments. Look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Congratulations Zambo Scholarship Winners Celena Aponte and Megan Christenson!


The  Les Zambo Scholar Program  Selection Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 awards. The committee received many strong applications this year, but determined that two applicants best met the stated criteria of the Scholar Program.


The Monterey Institute of International Studies is pleased to recognize Celena Aponte and Megan Christenson for their academic achievements and service to the Fisher International MBA Program, GSIPM and MIIS. They will receive scholarships of $4,354 for the coming academic year. Congratulations Celena and Megan!


Friday, May 4th, 2012

Matthew Fricker Published in Perspectives on Terrorism: A Journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative

Matthew Fricker, a Monterey Institute student in the Masters in non-proliferation and terrorism studies program, co-authored an article that was recently published in Perspectives on Terrorism, a prestigious journal that focuses on terrorism research.

The article, titled: Practice Makes Perfect?: The Changing Civilian Toll of CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan, can be found at the links below.


U.S. officials have recently claimed that the CIA has sharply reduced the number of civilian casualties resulting from covert Predator and Reaper drone strikes in the Taliban-controlled agencies of Northwest Pakistan. Critics, especially in Pakistan, along with human rights NGOs have, however, questioned these claims. This article examines independent databases tracking the drone strikes and finds that there is significant support for the U.S. officials’ claims, or at least for their more moderate assertions. It also briefly reviews the explanations that have been offered for the declining civilian death toll from drone strikes. It shows that there is reason to believe that this development is the deliberate result of adjustments to CIA targeting procedures and improvements in spy networks and technology, and thus is likely to prove broadly sustainable at least for the immediate future.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Lauren Marasco Wins Human Trafficking Essay Award

The Monterey Institute of International Studies is pleased to announce that Lauren Marasco, a first year MPA student, has been awarded the $1000 cash prize for her essay submitted to the Anti-Human Trafficking Essay Competition. This year there were several strong entries, making the selection a challenging and rewarding one for the Selection Committee which was made up of two senior faculty members from GSIPM.

The award is given in honor of the late Reverend William Sloane Coffin, a remarkable civil rights and peace activist and Chaplain at Yale University, and is funded by a donation from Dr. Peter Grothe, who was the Reverend’s close friend and saw him as his lifelong mentor. This award and the essay competition is designed to encourage students with professional aspirations to work in this field with the hopes of eradicating and/or preventing human trafficking.

Congratulations to Lauren for her exceptional essay and good luck as you start down your professional path.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Amir Murtaza, 2007 MIIS Graduate, Featured in Asian Human Rights Commission

Amir Murtaza, a recent MIIS graduate spent the last few years of his professional career working with impoverished and disadvantaged children. Murtaza, a Fullbright scholar, was recently featured in Asian Human Rights Commission. His article, Pakistan: International Day for Street Children provides an opportunity to review the issue focuses on childrens rights in Pakistan.

The article states: “The International Day for Street Children was celebrated for the first time on April 12, 2011.  The success of the International Day for Street Children 2011 has provided a platform to discuss and deliberate the issues of millions these vulnerable children, all around the world including Pakistan.  The International Day for Street Children was launched in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC) in more than thirty countries with a view to create a broader awareness about the issue of street children.  In 2012 the theme for the International Day for Street Children is “Challenging Perceptions”.  The day is celebrated by street children, child rights activists, social workers, NGOs and their officials, policy makers, and individuals across the globe.”

The full article can be found at this link: